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    In A Libertarian state how would the poor survive?

    I know they are some who would consider themselves libertarians here which is fine as there is elements I and am sure many others can admire.

    However one issue I have always been perplexed by and an accusation aimed at the movement is, Libertarians offers nothing for the poor and most vulnerable in the world. This thread was inspired by a chap who is aiming to represent the LP party in 2020 who is adamant the welfare state needs to die as obviously those that depend on it will all instantly go get well paid jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niall View Post
    I know they are some who would consider themselves libertarians here which is fine as there is elements I and am sure many others can admire.

    However one issue I have always been perplexed by and an accusation aimed at the movement is, Libertarians offers nothing for the poor and most vulnerable in the world. This thread was inspired by a chap who is aiming to represent the LP party in 2020 who is adamant the welfare state needs to die as obviously those that depend on it will all instantly go get well paid jobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    An accusation that is often aimed at the moon is that it is made out of cheese.
    Fair point, just curious to see if I can some decent debate going. Probably would have helped if the OP was a little better.

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    To be fair, you're actually right. In many ways Libertarianism does offer nothing to the poor. But it offers that same "nothing" to everybody else as well, which is basically its appeal.
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    Also just ftr, I would not identify as a libertarian myself., though I probably ascribe to more of its core tenets than any other comparable ideology. I am not sure what I would identify myself as quite frankly. Just sledger/some idiot I guess.
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    I think the answer is that private charities would be set up by individuals out of the goodness of their heart and these would operate far more efficiently than government welfare systems
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    In short: you will create a society that will be so rich so as to provide the bare minimums most cost effectively and also that charities will take up the slack for those that have serious issues. I haven't studied it in depth but Milton Friedman claimed that most of the eleemosynary and protection societies were born out of these rich, freer, times.

    It means to live in reality: there will never be a utopia, even as government takes over more functions it does not guarantee that there will be no more poor people - and in the long run it creates a dependence that guarantees poor people.

    If not for capitalism, most of the world would still be largely poor. It is the greatest creator of wealth and it is evidenced by the fact that even the poorest in the most capitalistic countries (or traditionally capitalistic) live significantly better than most of the world and most people that have ever existed in history. The question is really: would you rather have a bigger piece of a small pie or a smaller piece of a big pie? Inherent in that point is that in order to create prosperity, you need to allow people to create and do things which allows them to build up the capital to do more great things - this is a value added for everyone, even if those at the top get richer. If you don't do that, only the government will ever have enough capital to be able to do significant things and it will do a far smaller number of them at a far greater cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorax View Post
    I think the answer is that private charities would be set up by individuals out of the goodness of their heart and these would operate far more efficiently than government welfare systems
    The problem with charity is in giving to any particular cause youíre deciding who or what is and isnít worthy of your valuable, scarce $1 a month.
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    The best time was when cribb and I made fake profiles on plentyoffish and posed as libertarian girls
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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    The best time was when cribb and I made fake profiles on plentyoffish and posed as libertarian girls
    The amount of desperate guys totally willing to become libertarians even after we framed it terribly was pretty eye opening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikki View Post
    In short: you will create a society that will be so rich so as to provide the bare minimums most cost effectively and also that charities will take up the slack for those that have serious issues. I haven't studied it in depth but Milton Friedman claimed that most of the eleemosynary and protection societies were born out of these rich, freer, times.

    It means to live in reality: there will never be a utopia, even as government takes over more functions it does not guarantee that there will be no more poor people - and in the long run it creates a dependence that guarantees poor people.
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